Forget Paris—These Are the New Destinations That Every Couple Should Visit

Ever since I was a child, I've dreamed of falling in love in Paris. It's cliché, I know, but my 10-year-old self was convinced the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower might as well have been the Disney castle, and that a fairy-tale romance would ensue. Fast-forward to 2012, when I visited Paris for the first time with my boyfriend, and I'll admit that it wasn't what I expected. Braving selfie stick–touting crowds to climb 674 stairs to the top of the city's most iconic building didn't quite match the dreamy postcard image from my youth.

Since that moment, I decided to ditch the major cities and : romantic piazzas with live music, quaint and quiet winding canals, wine tasting in France (as listed in this ), and whitewashed buildings perched on the shore of the Mediterranean without a tour group in sight. That, to me, is true romance. Whether you're planning a  or are looking for a little-known locale to , these off-the-grid European towns should be at the top of your bucket list. Forget the usual list toppers—this is where you should plan your next getaway.